USB stick and some help with it.

jd1008 jd1008 at
Mon Aug 3 15:26:20 UTC 2015

I thought that you need to

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rda1 ....etc

And be sure it is NOT mounted at all when you run the dd.

Note that you must use the raw and not the block device.

On 08/03/2015 07:20 AM, Bernt Hansson wrote:
> Hello list.
> Have an old usbstick that i bought 5-6 years ago it's a datatraveler 150.
> I used dd to transfer a cd image to it and now i can't "clean" it of 
> the stick.
> Tried dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/da1 bs=1m count=100 but dd just 
> taunting me with this:
> dd: /dev/da1: Input/output error
> 1+0 records in
> 0+0 records out
> 0 bytes transferred in 65.558710 secs (0 bytes/sec)
> After that the led on the stick flashes like it is writing. But i 
> don't know if it is writing.
> Is it possible to make it pristine again or is it forever lost?
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